Commodores atop college baseball polls for first time in nearly two years

Monday, April 29, 2013 at 10:41pm

Vanderbilt has climbed to the top.

After four straight wins over ranked opponents, the Commodores are No. 1 in two national polls. They moved up three spots in both the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and Collegiate Baseball rankings.

Vanderbilt was last ranked No. 1 on May 10, 2011 in the NCBWA poll.

The Commodores (39-6, 19-2 Southeastern Conference) sit atop the conference standings, three games ahead of LSU (39-6, 16-5) and have compiled the best record in SEC history through 21 games. In 2000, South Carolina started 18-3 before finishing 25-5 for the best record since the SEC went to a 30-game season in 1996.

Winners of six straight and 20 of 22, the Commodores picked up their fifth SEC sweep of the season over the weekend with three wins over then-No. 10 Mississippi State.

With finals wrapping up Wednesday, Vanderbilt does not have a midweek game before it travels to No. 9 South Carolina this weekend.

“We are playing real good ball right now,” pitcher T.J. Pecoraro said on Sunday. “Everybody is confident. Everybody is hitting. … We have great arms on this team. We have great defense. The way we’re playing it is going to be tough for anybody to beat us.”

• Kemp honored: Second baseman Tony Kemp was named the SEC Player of the Week on Monday.

In four games, Kemp went 9-for-14 (.643) with seven runs scored. The junior had multiple hits in three games and had four hits on Saturday against Mississippi State. The Franklin native also tripled for the 20th time in his career to put him just one shy of tying the SEC record.


1 Comment on this post:

By: PKVol on 4/30/13 at 9:23

Tony Kemp has the nickname "The Entertainer" for what he does in the Locker Room, but it could just as easily apply for his on-field actions. He is a very exciting player to watch.